"I looked at this guy across the table from me, with his deep blue eyes and chiseled cheekbones and floppy, highlighted hair and cool clothes, and I prepared to write him off. By the end of the meal, after Paul had intelligently and matter-of-factly touched on his experiences hiking through South America, on the need for a more cogent public-health infrastructure, and on the writings of Hunter S. Thompson, I felt chagrined."
Chris Durso, former New Physician editor
"C. Everett Koop was right when he said Paul would have made U.S. surgeon general. I swear he accomplished and lived more in his 32 years than I have in 45. But I promise to do better in his memory."
Rick Stahlhut, friend and former teacher
"I learned of his final surprise as his Spanish instructor from Marshall University showed me pictures of Paul in Spain. I said, 'That castle looks familiar.' Sure enough, it was the castle Paul and I were to be married in. Only, Paul led me to believe that he had never seen this castle. When in reality, it was his favorite place in Spain and [he] had been there many times. This was characteristically Paul — always up to something wonderful."
Bianca Angelino, fiancée
Compiled by Joy Davia